What is Jiten?
Jiten is a Japanese word. It means dictionary. And that is what this software is all about. A simple and effective cross-reference between Romaji and English.
It all started when I saw a program (called !Jiten) for RISC OS. This freeware creation by Philip Murray-Pearce was quite useful in getting a sense of what things meant - animé theme tunes and the like. I also liked that it displayed the Kanji (or Katakana/Hiragana) for the Japanese word. In this picture you can see I have looked up omoide:
The problem is that it is not always convenient to start up RedSquirrel (or my actual RiscPC!) in order to look up Japanese words. Say I'm listening to a song and I think "mmmm, wonder what 'kokoro' means?". It can take many minutes to get to a situation where I am able to load !Jiten.
As a programmer, the solution was simple. Figure out just enough of how Philip's program works to permit me to write my own lookee-likee for use under Windows. Now getting Jiten (my version) running is a matter of finding it in the Start menu and waiting a few seconds for it to load its data. Piece of cake!
Here's what my version of Jiten looks like:
In addition, so you do not have to remember the abbreviations (for example, if you see the following:
All you need to do is double-click the word to display a list of abbreviations so you can find out the "(id) (uk)" means the word is an ideomatic expression that is usually written using kana.
The abbreviations are: